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Understanding People - Trevor Butt

Understanding People

Paperback Published: 14th November 2003
ISBN: 9781403904669
Number Of Pages: 193

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Understanding People provides an overview and critique of current psychological assumptions about people and what differentiates them, and replaces them with a set of ideas taken from social constructionism. It begins with an examination of contemporary theories, then explores the critique of the social constructionists, before laying out the basis of an understanding of human action and behavior, drawing on phenomenology and personal construct theory. Using everyday experience to illustrate the issues in personality theory (Is behavior situation-specific? Why do we have a sense of self? Is there an unconscious?), this book will breathe life into an area of psychology that is so often arid, and, in the eyes of students, divorced from their world.

Prefacep. vii
From Personality to Social Psychology
The Dimensions of Personalityp. 3
Issues in personalityp. 4
Personality: a modern conceptp. 12
Understanding peoplep. 17
Personality Theories 1: Trait, Biological and Cognitive Social Approachesp. 21
Trait and biological approachesp. 22
Cognitive social approachesp. 29
The person in cognitive social theoriesp. 33
Personality Theories 2: Psychoanalytic and Humanistic Approachesp. 40
Psychoanalysisp. 41
Humanistic approachesp. 48
The person in psychoanalysis and humanismp. 57
The Social Constructionist Critique of Personalityp. 60
Social constructionismp. 61
The person in social constructionismp. 69
The social construction of realityp. 73
The roots of constructionismp. 77
An Existential Phenomenological Approach
Interpretive Understandingp. 83
Verstehen and hermeneuticsp. 84
Phenomenologyp. 88
Mead's social psychologyp. 100
A synthesisp. 103
The Causes of Behaviourp. 108
The influence of the pastp. 109
The effects of the situationp. 115
The Sense of Selfp. 125
The self in late modernityp. 126
The existential selfp. 129
Fragmentation and the sense of selfp. 132
Personal agencyp. 136
The Unconsciousp. 140
The dynamic unconsciousp. 141
The existential projectp. 149
Psychological Reconstructionp. 159
The rise of therapyp. 161
Emotions and feelingsp. 163
Social and personal constructionp. 166
The point of understandingp. 174
Referencesp. 178
Author Indexp. 186
Subject Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9781403904669
ISBN-10: 1403904669
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 193
Published: 14th November 2003
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1